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Health Solutions for Better Sleep

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Most of us have experienced some sleep problems from time to time. And my guess is you didn’t enjoy that at all, right? Sleep is important in our lives and to our overall health and function. Lack of adequate sleep affects your daily life activities by affecting your energy output and mood, putting your health at risk, among other health issues. Barry Chase DDS provides exceptional care for dental health issues that may affect your sleep. Keep reading to learn how you can improve your sleep health.

Sno

It might not sound like a serious matter, but snoring affects your sleep quality, causing unfavorable effects during the day such as fatigue. It does not only affect the snoring person but also the people sleeping around.

Snoring may indicate a serious health issue, including obstructive sleep apnea. It results from the vibration of the tissues at the back of your throat while sleeping. It increases when the tissues relax.

Snoring should not be ignored as it may lead to severe complications, including stroke. You must consult with your health provider about your snoring.

Dr. Chase has solutions for snoring such as dental appliances, C-PAP, or surgery. He may also recommend the following to reduce snoring.

·         Nasal sprays

·         Weight loss

·         Nasal strips

·         Special pillows

·         Anti-snore clothing or devices

·         Quitting smoking

TMJ

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction causes pain and tenderness in your jaw. The joint is vital in controlling your jaw movement. It also enhances biting, speaking, and chewing.

Different factors may result in TMJ, including:

·         Chronic teeth grinding and clenching

·         Trauma

·         Arthritis

·         Jaw misalignment

·         Genetics

The disorder causes various symptoms that impact your daily routine, including your sleep.

·         Headaches

·         Facial pain

·         Jaw pain

·         Difficulty chewing

·         Jaw stiffness

·         Locking of the jaw

·         Chronic migraine

·         Pain in and around the ears

You may use over-the-counter medications to relieve pain while eating soft foods to avoid more pain. Massages on your jaw may also help alleviate pain. Other treatments may include injections, oral appliances, splint therapy, and physical therapy.

Sleep apnea

It is a condition where you stop breathing regularly when asleep. The disease occurs in two forms obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common. It happens when your throat muscles relax, blocking your airway during sleep.

Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to control your breathing while sleeping.

Sleep apnea causes the following symptoms:

·         Snoring

·         Waking up out of breath

·         Morning headaches

·         Gasping during sleep

·         Waking up abruptly

Sleep apnea may lead to life-threatening issues, including heart failure, high blood pressure, and stroke.

Insomnia

It’s a condition where you can’t sleep, caused by various factors, including the following.

·         Psychological stress

·         Medical conditions, such as sleep apnea

·         Chronic pain

·         Depression

·         Anxiety

Prolonged sleep apnea may lead to adverse sleep brain, where your brain resists sleep as it may think it’s normal.

Different reasons may lead to insomnia; hence it’s critical to have an extensive diagnosis to treat the cause of insomnia and the symptoms.

Sleep is essential to your health. Health providers recommend 7 to 8 hours of sleep for adults. Unfortunately, sometimes you do not get enough sleep due to certain factors. Dr. Chase works with you to provide solutions to your sleep issues. Contact Chase Dental Sleepcare today to schedule your appointment.